leadership test. >> it's a, a -- a terrible course to, for america to stand in apology for our values. >> as we watch the world today, sometimes it seems that we're at the mercy of events instead of shaping events. >> you know, governor romney hass tendency to shoot first and aim later. as -- as president, one of the things i've learned is you can't do that. gwen: refocusing on america's role in t t world. will it change the direction of the campaign or of u.s. foreign policy? covering the story, major garrett of "national journal," doyle mcmanus of "the los angeles times," laura meckler of "the wall street journal," and david sanger of the new york "times." >> award-winning reporting and analysis, coveriri history as it happens. live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill".